As spring turns to summer, it’s always exciting to think about family vacations, trips to the lake, renting a beach house with obx rentals, outings to the race track, and the like. Ford Motor Company is a fan of summer getaways too; the automaker has spent time recently highlighting the 2018 Ford Expedition, saying it’s the ultimate SUV for summer fun.
“Warmer weather has families longing for outdoor adventures, and the all-new Expedition provides generous space, connectivity, and smart new technology for the trip,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV Marketing Manager.
Ford is focusing (see what I did there) specifically on the Expedition’s class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The technology makes it easier to maneuver a boat or otherwise large trailer via a knob design. Towing a trailer can create additional anxiety so Ford developed a tool to combat that. In fact, more than 50 percent of Expedition customers place towing at the top of their list, with 15 percent towing either weekly or monthly.
With Pro Trailer Backup Assist, drivers maneuver their trailer with the control knob while the Expedition steers its wheels and limits overall speed accordingly. Ford says the design reduces stress and can prevent the mistakes commonly associated with backing a trailer. When paired with the Expedition’s towing prowess, the automaker believes a winning combination is had.
“With best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds and available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can spend more time on the water rather than struggling to back up and launch your boat,” Patterson said.
Performance & Technology
Ford is utilizing their popular and powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the 2018 Expedition. The engine is standard with Auto Start-Stop and a new, class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. A newly available electronic limited-slip differential on models with Intelligent 4WD improves off-road capability by sending power where it’s needed most.
The 2018 Ford Expedition also features wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot that supports 10 devices, and a rear seat entertainment system that allows passengers to view their home cable channels in the vehicle. An advanced cargo organizer consists of an adjustable shelf to store and protect items. Expect to see the vehicle this fall at Ford dealerships.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.